L.A. County gives COVID shots at home. Advocates fear ‘people just don’t know about this’
LOS ANGELES (KCBS) — It is the same for parents who think they are taking their children out of school to visit their grandparents.
But when it comes to taking care of the elderly, parents must think twice — those who live alone are not eligible for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Parents who live apart, have no health insurance and don’t work can’t be vaccinated because they don’t have a “family history of complications from influenza,” according to the department.
The report, released to KCBS, said that children cannot be vaccinated without a parent’s approval. The vaccine only works if a mother or father has been vaccinated, too.
KCBS’ Rachel Kim Reports:
L.A. County officials say that not only are there no exemptions for children under 18, there are no exceptions for those who live at home.
“I’m a single Mom with kids who have had to be on their own and I wasn’t even a mom until they were,” said Brenda Sesik, a parent who lives in Boyle Heights. “So it was a tough thing for me to watch.”
She says that she doesn’t do anything special for her kids, except teach them how to walk.
“I didn’t think it would be a problem, but every time we have people come over I make sure they wash their hands,” said Sesik. “So I feel like there is no reason I couldn’t be vaccinated.”
And so far, we’ve seen parents that are refusing to give their kids the shots and instead are taking them to work at a drive-up pharmacy.
KCBS’ Maria Elena Salinas reports: